Asean morning news for July 1

Asean morning news for July 1
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Compiled by Stella-maris Ewudolu         @stmarisewudolu


COVID-19 in Asean: update for June 30 — Philippines tops 25,000 active cases, nears 10,000 survivors
As of 00:44 GMT June 30 there was 59,707 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 579, or 0.98 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

COVID-19: New Zealand says APEC 2021 to be virtual summit
The annual APEC summit of Asia-Pacific leaders will be virtual next year to avoid travel risks associated with the global coronavirus pandemic, 2021 hosts New Zealand said Tuesday (Jun 30).

What does the US State Department terrorism report say about its stance in Southeast Asia?
The US State Department recently released its annual country report on terrorism.
— Asean Today

IMF sees deeper recession this year – Brunei projected growth 1.3%, Asean -2%
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is projecting a deeper recession in 2020 and a slower recovery in 2021.
— The Star Online

Cambodia and Laos happy as Thailand reopens 37 border checkpoints
Thailand will reopen checkpoints on the border with all neighboring states to resume cross-border cargo transport and trading from Wednesday (July 1), according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha.
— The Star Online

AIPA enhances regional ties towards drug-free community
The 3rd Meeting of the AIPA Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs was held on June 29 to exert strategic and sustained efforts to achieve a drug–free ASEAN community. Permanent Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Tong Thi Phong attended the event.
— Vietnamplus

Asean unity in the age of coronavirus
The opening ceremony of the 36th Asean Summit in Hanoi last Friday, attended by a roomful of local and foreign dignitaries, was a definite “ooh-aah” moment for Vietnam, which has been successful in mitigating the spread of coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

Asean focuses on fighting pandemic, economic recovery
Asean leaders actively engaged with the Asean Business Advisory Council (Asean BAC) via video conference during their 17th Dialogue last Friday.
— New Straits Times

China announces military drills in East Sea amid escalating tensions
The Maritime Safety Administration of China’s Hainan Province has announced plans to hold military exercises near Vietnam’s Paracel Islands from Wednesday to Sunday.
— VnExpress International

ASEAN, Australia vow to work with WHO to enhance collective response to COVID-19
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia on Tuesday vowed to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and relevant agencies to enhance collective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Cambodian foreign ministry’s press statement.
— Xinhuanet

ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Plus Working Group held video conference
The Ministry of National Defence held a video conference of the ASEAN Defence Senior Officials’ Meeting Plus Working Group (ADSOM+ WG) in Hanoi on June 30.
— Vietnamplus

UN, ASEAN should work together
The UN and ASEAN should work together on establishing a civilian oversight mechanism in Rakhine of Myanmar to address the root causes of the Rohingya crisis as well as building confidence among the members of the community to go back home, local and foreign experts said in Dhaka on Monday.
— Newage

What regional airlines must do to turn around
With the air travel industry hit hard by Covid-19 and with higher than average increases in the price of tickets, it not unsurprising that the airline industry is facing its biggest challenge in two decades since the events of 911 changed the landscape of air travel that put the tourism industry in a tailspin.
— Free Malaysia Today

Companies in South-east Asia prepare for business restructure
While still in its infancy, many companies are beginning to formulate their recovery strategies from COVID-19.
— HRM Asia

Turkey’s Parliament speaker, ASEAN envoys meet in Ankara
Turkey’s Parliament speaker, Mustafa Şentop, met with envoys from member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the country’s capital Ankara on Monday.
— Daily Sabah

CONF: ASEAN-6 steel consumption up 1.2% in 2019
Apparent steel consumption in the ASEAN-6 countries reached 81 million tonnes in 2019, up 1.2% on year, with the increase mainly coming from flat steel use, Yeoh Wee Jin, Secretary General of South East Asia Iron & Steel Institute (SEAISI), revealed at the 2020 SEAISI e-Conference on June 30.
— Mysteel Global

Rise of the Asean Super Apps
SOUTH-East Asia has lagged behind the rest of Asia in the digitalisation of its economies.
— The Business Times

How Terrorists Use Cryptocurrency in Southeast Asia
In May 2020, the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research (PIPVTR) reported that Islamic State (IS)-linked terror groups had conducted their first transactions in cryptocurrencies.
— The Diplomat

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New Report Shows Garment Workers Eating Less, Selling Land to Repay Debt
Almost all the respondents to a garment worker survey said they were indebted and had to eat less food, take another loan, or sell their land to repay their debts, according to findings released by a local union and two rights groups.
— VOA Khmer

Discrimination claimed in issuance of IDPoor cards
Some Phnom Penh residents are claiming that they are living in extreme poverty but are unable to obtain IDPoor cards for food and medical aid due to discrimination by local authorities.
— Khmer Times

Journalist charged with incitement in capital
Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Sunday charged and detained a journalist and publisher over alleged incitement in the capital.
— Khmer Times

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Indonesia records highest daily COVID-19 death toll yet
The Health Ministry announced that 71 more people died of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest reported death toll in a day so far, bringing the total fatalities to 2,876.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Here are the requirements for those seeking to travel to, within Indonesia
The government’s COVID-19 task force has updated its requirements for transportation during the transitional phase to the so-called “new normal”, requiring domestic travelers to carry a medical document certifying they are free of COVID-19 valid for 14 days.
— The Jakarta Post

Why Bank Indonesia Will Fund $40 Billion of Government’s Budget
Indonesia’s central bank is close to an agreement to fund $40 billion of the government’s fiscal response to fight the coronavirus pandemic this year, the largest debt monetization program among emerging-market nations.
— Bloomberg

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Lao Premier Announces New Power Rates Following Widespread Public Anger at Costs
Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisolith has announced a reduction in prices for power use following weeks of public anger at high costs, saying “This is something we have to do.”

Laos keep entry restrictions in place until end of July
The Lao Government has decided to keep its international border gates closed to normal exit-entry, except for Lao citizens or foreigners with urgent need who must receive permission from the Lao national steering committee for COVID-19 prevention and control.
— Vietnam Plus

Japan to Provide Laos with Antiviral Drug Avigan for Use Against Covid-19
The Government of Japan has provided the Lao PDR with the antiviral medicine Avigan as part of a clinical study into the use of Avigan against Covid-19.
— The Laotian Times

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MPC: Malaysia’s labour productivity grew 2.1pc in 2019
Malaysia recorded a labour productivity growth of 2.1 per cent to RM93,973 in 2019 from RM92,018 in 2018, contributing to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 4.3 per cent in 2019, says the Malaysia.
— Malay Mail

Malaysia theme parks get green light to reopen
Malaysia has given the go-ahead for the country’s theme parks to reopen. All theme parks, including water parks may reopen from July 1, said senior minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, following a ministerial meeting of the MCO enforcement group.
— Travel Mole

PPI falls 5.5% in May 2020
The Producer Price Index (PPI) of local production which measures costs for goods at the factory gate decreased 5.5% year-on-year in May 2020, marking the third consecutive month in a row of the index to fall into negative territory.
— The Sun Daily

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Myanmar Lifts Last Stay-at-Home Restrictions at Its COVID-19 Epicenter
Partial lockdown restrictions have been lifted in Yangon’s Insein Township, formerly a COVID-19 hotspot, after several weeks of no new local transmissions in the city.
— Irrawaddy

Commerce Ministry eases restrictions on rice export, reserved rice scheme
The Ministry of Commerce made decisions to relax restrictions on rice export during the meeting with the Myanmar Rice Federation on 26 June.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Construction sector in Myanmar expected to receive share of COVID-19 loans
The government will deploy its seventh tranche of COVID-19 loans, this time to about 300 business affected by the pandemic, in the first week of July.
— Myanmar Times

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President Duterte extends GCQ in M. Manila, ECQ in Cebu City until July 15
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday night announced the community quarantines to be implemented in various parts of the country until July 15.
— Eagle News

Gov’t deals fresh blow to ABS-CBN with halt orders vs Sky Cable Direct, TVPlus
In the middle of its two-month long battle for a franchise to air, broadcast giant ABS-CBN Corp. was slapped by a new stop order by regulators who bowed down to pressure from lawmakers to stop the network’s digital television and satellite services.
— Philippine Star

Pasig students to get tablets worth P8,000 each
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto assures all students of the city will get tablets worth around P8,000 each as the opening of classes in August draws near.
— One News PH (video)

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Electricity tariff to fall 15% from July to September
The electricity tariff will fall by an average of 15 per cent for the period from Jul 1 to Sep 30 due to lower energy costs, said SP Group on Tuesday (Jun 30).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Doctors expect rise in acute respiratory infection cases after dip during circuit breaker
GPs urge people with symptoms ARI to get checked, even if it means that they will get swabbed, saying the test is quick and relatively painless.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore PR is first imported case here since June 14; five fresh infections in community
A Singapore permanent resident who had returned from India later tested positive for Covid-19, making her the first imported case here since June 14.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Thai economy will shrink at least 5% this year: World Bank
Thailand’s economy is expected to be severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, shrinking by at least 5% this year and taking more than two years to return to pre-pandemic GDP output levels, the World Bank said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Daily-wage health workers seek more benefits
A group representing hospital daily-wage workers nationwide is calling for better fringe benefits, saying they also deserve a work benefit upgrade being offered salaried staff as a reward for their good work in containing the coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand among 14 countries EU deems “safe” during Covid-19 pandemic
Thailand has made the cut to be among the 14 countries listed by the EU that are deemed “safe” during the world Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Thaiger

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Vietnam Airlines postpones shareholders’ meeting until July 16
Vietnam Airlines Group will postpone its shareholders’ meeting until July 16, according to a decision signed by Chairman of Vietnam Airlines Executive Board Phạm Ngọc Minh.
— Viet Nam News

Vietnam’s Tax Administration Law Takes Effect in July 2020
Vietnam’s new Law on Tax Administration 38/2019/QH14 will take effect on July 1, 2020. Under the new law, tax authorities have been granted additional enforcement powers. At the same time, the new law has made it a little bit easier for both individuals and entities to file taxes.
— Vietnam Briefing

Vietnam Railways estimates a $60 million loss due to pandemic
Vietnam Railway Corporation (VNR) estimates a loss of nearly VNĐ1.4 trillion (US$60 million) after tax in 2020, a massive blow to the company due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Viet Nam News

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